SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities

At the heart of the Northern Ireland Curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

  • Developing thinking skills means designing learning so that learners will think more skilful than they would otherwise do.
  • Developing the personal capabilities means creating opportunities for learners to experiment with ideas, take initiative, learn from mistakes, work collaboratively and become more self-directed in their learning.

We have a number of resources and support materials that will aid you as you plan for this in your classroom.

SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities frameworkSEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities framework

The Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities framework aims to help learners develop their skills for lifelong learning and operating effectively in society. It includes information about progression maps, as well as supporting activities and resources.

SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities resources SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities resources

We have developed a collection of resources specifically for SEN that will support you in embedding and developing the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in your classroom.

Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities micrositeThe Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities microsite

The microsite will provide you with further information and guidance about Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. It will assist you in the process of embedding the skills and capabilities into your learning, teaching and assessment.

SEN Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities online courseSEN Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities online course

This course is available to all teachers in Northern Ireland and is an excellent way to get a quick refresher on what the thinking skills are and on how to use the SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities framework within your school. There are also resources for coordinators to run a directed time session.